Whisper Farewell to a Weekend at Whispering Pines KidLit Writer’s Retreat

URI’s Alton Jones campus is rustic and lovely.

Just home from a weekend at kid lit writer’s retreat extraordinaire, Whispering Pines. From the first glimpse of the pines (can you hear them whisper?) to the last view of fog rising off the melting ice, it was a weekend filled with networking, critiques, writing exercises, and inspiration.
     With four editors, three agents, and a surprise panel yesterday with kid-lit luminaries like Brian Lies,  Kelly Murphy, Carlyn Beccia, Liz Dubois and Jennifer Thermes. And those were only the illustrators. There were writers too, Kim Fusco, Barbara O’Conner, and so many, MANY MORE!!!
  
Add to that amazing food, fun games (KidLit Jeopardy), a crackling fire in the comfy living room…
it was a knock- your-socks-off event.

Whisper Farewell to a Weekend at Whispering Pines KidLit Writer's Retreat
Me and my roomie, Linda.
Whisper Farewell to a Weekend at Whispering Pines KidLit Writer's Retreat
Always makes me think of Narnia.

As always I sketched during the panels and talks, one of the things that has kept me sane all my life.

Thanks to everyone who made it such a memorable weekend.

Whisper Farewell to a Weekend at Whispering Pines KidLit Writer's Retreat
I’m not great at likenesses, but must say the sketching keeps me focused.
Whisper Farewell to a Weekend at Whispering Pines KidLit Writer's Retreat
Good-bye to Whispering Pines (sad) AND the snow (not a second too soon).

See full post here: Cheryl Kirk Noll, Illustrator2015-03-14.